Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2004

City staff directed to continue taking ‘appropriate action’ on issue of suspended fire chief

November 11, 2004

Eudora city leaders announced Monday night they were still in the process of dealing with the employment status of the city's suspended fire chief, Spencer McCabe.
After meeting for about half an hour in a private session -- as is allowed for personnel matters -- the Eudora City Council returned to the meeting room, where Mayor Ron Conner announced the issue was a work in progress.
The mayor said the Council was directing the city attorney and the city administrator to continue taking "appropriate action on the employment issues of our fire chief." The mayor and city leaders were vague about what that action might be, but City Attorney Jerry Cooley said no final decision had been made.
"It's in a progressive stage," he said.
In response to questions from the crowd, Cooley said city leaders weren't being forthcoming about the process because of laws governing the discussion of personnel issues in public.
The Council is given latitude to discuss such issues in an "executive," or private, session.
"A due process is involved," Mayor Conner told the audience. "Just be patient. It will all come up."
The Council suspended McCabe without pay Sept. 13. Before that, he had been suspended with pay since his Aug. 29 arrest in Olathe regarding vandalism at a hotel there.
On Oct. 28, McCabe pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage to property and was sentenced to one-year probation in Johnson County District Court.
Since McCabe's suspension, Deputy Fire Chief Mike Underwood has been in charge of the Eudora Fire Department.

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